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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (SnE) 14III

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Stanzas from Snorra Edda 14’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 526.

Anonymous LausavísurStanzas from Snorra Edda


These three lines (Anon (SnE) 14) are preserved in mss R (main ms.), and A of Skm (SnE), while mss B and C only give the first two. The fourth line is omitted in all mss, but in A there is an open space after the last word, indicating that the scribe may have intended to fill it in later. Finnur Jónsson dates the stanza to the tenth century, but it cannot be dated on linguistic or metrical criteria.

text and translation

Boði fell of mik brálla;
bauð heim með sér geimi;
þák eigi lǫð lœgis …

Boði fell brálla of mik; geimi bauð heim með sér; þák eigi lǫð lœgis …
‘A wave suddenly crashed around me; the sea invited [me] home; I did not accept the hospitality of the ocean …

notes and context

In Skm the three lines illustrate a heiti for ‘wave’ (boði).



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [X], III. C. Om sørejser 2: AI, 185, BI, 174, Skald I, 93, NN §2255; SnE 1848-87, I, 502-3, II, 452, 535, 601, III, 105, SnE 1931, 176, SnE 1998, I, 96.


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